Once upon a time, in a small dozy little town called Ladner,
...there were two boys who loved strawberries very much.
So...on a very sunny, early summer morning, they headed with their chronically-exhausted mum and dad to a wonderful place called the Westham Island Herb Farm.
(if you live around Vancouver, and feel like a little dose of the country....it's only about 25 minutes from downtown on Westham Island in Ladner)
There were SO many beautiful juicy strawberries...you could smell them in the air!
This was their first time picking strawberries, and they were PSYCHED!
What a beautiful place to be on a sunny Saturday morning!
Just look at that view across the farmland!
(hard to believe you could be in downtown Vancouver in under half an hour, right?) :)
Once the taste-testing started, it was hard to quit....
There is just nothing quite like freshly-picked local strawberries. Those big huge "white-in-the-middle" things that get shipped up here from California are not even remotely comparable.
It's like a completely different fruit.
And the Westham Island Herb Farm is very into organic farm practices (they're not certified organic, but use integrated pest management principles to minimize chemical pesticides, etc)
You know me and pesticides. YUCK! Sorry...just not into eating chemicals.
Obligatory cheese-ball grin shot :)
My goofy boys :)
Just look at how cute this place is....
Bird feeders made from china cups/saucers...
The boys loved playing on the driftwood furniture
Our strawberries turned into jam, and strawberry sauce...and a nice stash in the freezer for our morning smoothies :)
Nothing quite like it!
I hope you're all enjoying the summer so far!
ps...I was not compensated by the Westham Island Herb Farm to write this post....we just really love this little place!